Let’s be honest, diets are tough and there are a LOT of them. But, as minimalists, we try to find the most effective diets on how to lose fat in the quickest amount of time, that are also sustainable. Below I outlined 2 that I like and are backed by quite a few studies and examples.

Regardless of which one you choose, one thing you need to do is set yourself up for success and keep it simple. If you have a busy schedule, maybe intermittent fasting would work great while prepping your meals on Sunday. Love eggs and veggies, but absolutely have to have your breakfast? Then the slow-carb diet might work better.

Let’s start with the slow-carb diet made famous by Tim Ferriss in his book The Four Hour Body. You can get the nuts and bolts of the diet here. I outlined some key points below.

Slow-Carb Key Points*:

  1. Food list. Slow-Carb has a list of foods you can eat which is really simple to plan out what you’re going to eat for the week. But does have a list of what’s completely off limits. Check it out here.
    • Proteins:
      Egg whites with one whole egg for flavor
      Chicken breast or thigh
      Grass-fed organic beef
      Pork
    • Legumes:
      Lentils
      Black beans
      Pinto beans
    • Vegetables:
      Spinach
      Asparagus
      Peas
      Mixed vegetables
  2. Avoid “White” Carbohydrates. Yep, you’re probably crying and that’s okay. Here’s a list of the items you have to avoid: bread, rice, cereal, potatoes, pasta, fried food with breading, and pretty much anything white.
  3. CHEAT DAY! This is by far the best thing ever. Every 7th day you get to have a no-holds-barred, eat whatever you want, break from your diet. I mean WHATEVER you want and you can go a little overboard so those chicken and vegetables start to sound good. If you really want to shed some weight, you can skip the cheat day.
  4. Data. Following the release of The 4 Hour Body there was a study done with 3500 individuals who utilized the slow-carb diet. Find the results of the study here along with success stories here. This can be a great way to increase your belief.

Next up is intermittent fasting.  It’s been popular among celebs like Hugh Jackman and Terry Crews.  It may sound intimidating but it’s actually pretty simple. There are different types of intermittent fasting but the most common is 16/8, which means 16 hours of fasting with an 8-hour window to eat.

Intermittent Fasting Key Points*:

  1. Less strict on what you can eat. Intermittent fasting has a larger selection of foods to choose from. To see a list of foods click here.
  2. More energy? It may seem counter-intuitive, but my experience is that when you fast you actually have more energy than when you eat food all day.
  3. Makes you healthier? It does more than just help you lose weight. It actually helps rebuild your cells through autophagy. If you didn’t know what autophagy is don’t worry, neither did I.  So instead of me doing a less than subpar job of explaining it, you can just click here and Dr. Jason Fung will give you the low down.

There are some impressive success stories along with a great introduction if you want to start burning some fat.

If these diets don’t sound appealing to you it’s completely fine.  Just make sure to have a clear outcome of what you want to accomplish and pick a diet that works for you and your schedule.

Stay tuned for more minimalistic tips and tricks!

 

*This is for informational purposes only, please consult a doctor for health concerns.